Learning Styles

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Everyone learns in a different way. Teachers teach in different ways, but generally in their own preferred learning style. This can and does provide a challenge if a child’s preference isn’t a match for the teacher’s. Understanding your own, or your child’s unique way of interacting with the world is a valuable exercise and will allow you to advocate at school and fine tune at home.

There are many sites where you will find more about learning styles. Here are a selection you may like to start with. You will find further information in The Beginner’s Guide to Life on the Bright Side and also in Gifted Children: Resources for Parents and Teachers in WA.

The following sites provide useful information:

All Kinds of Minds
This site contains an enormous amount of information and ideas to help stimulate particular skills that are part of learning. This site will be of particular interest to parents looking for help or information where some aspect of school work is problematic for their child. Other resources on this site which may be interest include a list of books that can be used when talking about aspects of learning (including memory, attention, language, social cognition etc) and an excellent blog.

Dunn and Dunn Learning Styles Inventory
Learning styles are an individual’s unique approach to learning based on strengths and preferences. KNowing your preferences you can set up your learning environment to help you learn faster and more efficiently. This site offers an online assessment with a personalised report and looks at not only modality (visual, auditory, kinesthetic etc) but also preferred time of day, temperature, lighting, seating, individual or small group preferences and whether you learn globally or analytically. Online assessments for children from 7 years upwards, cost is US$5 each.